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Post 2015 Agenda Gender Reassignment

Open Working Group In its resolution adopted on 10 September 2014, the General Assembly welcomed the report of the Open Working. The resolution, as orally amended, states that the proposal of the Open Working Group shall be the main basis for integrating the sustainable development goals into the future development agenda. The Open Working Group was established on 22 January 2013 by decision of the General Assembly. The OWG held 13 sessions, 8 of which were used for stock-taking and the remaining five for the preparation of its proposal for SDGs.
Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing The Rio+20 outcome document called for the establishment of a 30 member intergovernmental expert committee on financing. Established on 21 June 2013, the experts were nominated by regional groups with equitable geographical representation. In August 2014, the committee adopted its report which provides a menu of ways to mobilize resources for sustainable development. The work of the committee was supported by a Working Group on Financing for Sustainable Development under the UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Technology Rio+20 contained a section on technology, including a request to relevant United Nations agencies to identify options for a facilitation mechanism that promotes the development, transfer and dissemination of of clean and environmentally sound technologies. Pursuant to General Assembly Resolution 67/203 (21 December 2012), the President of the General Assembly convened four workshops on the subject of the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies in developing countries. Building on the workshops, the General Assembly decided to hold a series of four one-day structured dialogues to consider possible arrangements for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies. The dialogues resulted in a summary of the discussions and recommendations, including on the possible modalities and organization of such a mechanism, for consideration and appropriate action by the Assembly at its sixty-ninth session.
Special Events by the President of the General Assembly To set the stage for the post-2015 development agenda, the President of the General Assembly organised six high-level events and thematic dialogues throughout the first half of 2014. These events focused on water sanitation and sustainable energy; the contributions of women, the young and civil society; the role of partnership; ensuring stable and peaceful societies; contributions of North-South, South-South, Triangular Cooperation and ICT for development; and human rights and the rule of law. He also held an interactive briefing with civil society to solicit their views and foster an open dialogue. A high-level stocktaking event in September 2013 served to bring the findings from these events together and to reflect upon the various post-2015 development agenda processes.
Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

ECOSOC plays a key role in convening development actors to address a broad range of themes that contributed to preparations for a unified and universal post-2015 development agenda. The Council and the entire ECOSOC system provide a platform for coherence, coordination, integration and inclusion and contributing to the global effort to achieve sustainable development for all.

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The High-level Political Forum on sustainable development is the main United Nations platform on sustainable development. It provides political leadership, guidance and recommendations. It follows up and reviews the implementation of sustainable development commitments and, as of 2016, the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It addresses new and emerging challenges; promotes the science-policy interface and enhances the integration of economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.

Regional commissions consultations on monitoring and accountability Monitoring, reporting and accountability at the regional level will be important for the implementation of a post-2015 development agenda. Countries in the same region share similar challenges and are likely to make greater progress by collectively addressing them. The United Nations regional commissions have held a series of consultations exploring the regional dimension of monitoring and accountability.
Non-intergovernmental inputs
High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda In July 2012 the UN Secretary-General launched his High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Co-chaired by the Presidents of Indonesia and Liberia and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the Panel assembles representatives from civil society, private sector, academia and local and national governments. The panel published its report A New Global Partnership in May 2013 in which it calls for five transformative shifts. These include fighting extreme poverty and inequalities; putting sustainable development at the core of the post-2015 development agenda; transforming economies for jobs and inclusive growth; building peace and effective, open and accountable institutions for all; and creating a new global partnership.
Sustainable Development Solutions Network The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) is a global, independent network of research centres, universities and technical institutions that works with stakeholders including business, civil society, UN agencies and other international organizations. SDSN supports the development of the SDGs. In 2013, the SDSN submitted its report An Action Agenda for Sustainable Development to the Secretary-General, in which it proposes ten goals to foster sustainable development. The SDSN has also issues a draft indicator report Indicators and a monitoring framework for Sustainable Development Goals that outlines proposed indicators for the OWG�s SDGs.

SADC is the only region in the world with a legally binding omnibus instrument for achieving gender equality in the form of the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development. Through pushing the boundaries of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and setting targets in such areas as Gender Based Violence and the media, the SADC region is at the forefront of going beyond minimum standards in the post 2015 agenda.

As a result of the Protocol, the region has made strides in gender mainstreaming in the education, health and economic empowerment. The region has reviewed Constitutions and built capacity for gender responsive budgeting.

However, the 2015 SADC Gender Protocol Barometer that measures progress in the attainment of gender equality in the region found that using both the empirical SADC Gender and Development Index and SADC Citizen Score Card, an “ordinary people” perception score, the region is only 67 to 68% of where is needs to be by this year.

Reviewing the targets against the agreed 17 goals and 169 indicators of the SDG’s, the Alliance found that the Protocol needs to be bolder and more specific in a number of areas. Target five of the SDG’s on gender equality goes much further than its predecessor MDG 3.  The global agenda includes GBV, has a number of economic indicators (including the unwaged work of women); goes beyond numbers in women’s political participation through provisions for “effective” leadership and pushes some boundaries on reproductive health and rights.

On the other hand, the SDG’s are thin on gender, media and ICT’s, sparking an outcry by the Global Alliance on Media and Gender, chaired by Gender Links, that also hosts the Secretariat of the Alliance.

The 2014 Barometer identified 150 possible gender targets accompanied by 300 indicators; 100 of these concerning gender violence.

The Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance (the Alliance) has worked tirelessly to canvass the Post 2015 agenda through its 15 country networks as well as influence the global agenda, where this work has been acknowledged by the UN.

Alliance proposed targets and indicators

Technical note on the review of the SADC Gender Protocol

What is the UN’s post-2015 development agenda – read more.



CSW 60
Adopted in 2008, the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development is a sub-regional roadmap that went beyond the requirements of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s). Now SADC citizens are demanding that the region stay ahead of global trends by reviewing the Gender Protocol in 2015 and aligning it to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). The Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance is using the experience of the region to demand gender indicators in all the SDG’s. Read moreThe Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG) bemoans the absence of a stand-alone goal on Media, freedom of expression and ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) in the draft post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). GAMAG calls on the UN to strengthen the language of goals 9 and 16 which refer to media and ICTs to include a gender responsive monitoring framework and to take into account the rise in cyber violence and gender violence in cyber space. Read moreFrom 14 to 24 March, governments, civil society and gender activists converged at the UN in New York to attend the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59). On 24  March, 6.15pm Gender Links and the SGPA  hosted a side event to discuss the development of a gender responsive implementation framework for the post 2015 agenda and the importance of strong indicators and targets. Read more
Press Release

Southern Africa: Alliance calls for review of gender protocol as deadline looms

Call to Action

GAMAG Gender, Media, ICTs and the post-2015 agenda position paper

See minutes from the last meeting and other related documents.

Press Release

Southern Africa: Calling for gender and media provisions in the sustainable development goals

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